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MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL WITH A PA-28

Posted by Charles Kennedy on

Flew a PA-28 to Manchester on Saturday afternoon for an event in the Concorde hangar on Sunday. Handling on the ground and cost was the big issue. Signature wanted £800 which was about what I expected and way out of my price range, second call was to Weston who could do it for £250 through the passenger terminal instead of a dedicated VIP facility. Still big bucks but I had 80kg of books to sell which would cost quite a bit on BA who only have two flights a day and timings are hopeless so I took the plunge with...

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FLYING A JET PROVOST (AND WRAPPING UP INSTRUCTOR’S RATING)

Posted by Charles Kennedy on

Long (8 minute) read. Big week for flying. On Tuesday I had the assessment for my flying instructor’s rating, which I’ve been working on since January. Assessment is supposed to be an all-dayer, in which I teach the examiner (who pretends to be an error-prone student) one of the 20 exercises that make up the Private Pilot’s Licence syllabus (effects of controls, turning, slow flight etc) including preflight classroom briefing and air work. While still in the air, I also have to teach a couple of compulsory items including a forced landing without power (PFL) and engine failure after takeoff...

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STS-135 and the USA’s return to space

Posted by Charles Kennedy on

Big weekend for space exploration coming. I’m super excited about the Space X/NASA Crew Dragon launch, the USA’s first crewed spaceship to fly since the last Shuttle launch, STS-135 Atlantis, on July 8, 2011.

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Arthur Stevens: flying in Africa in the 1960s 2

Posted by Charles Kennedy on

In 1968, at the age of 9, I was sent to boarding school in Rhodesia from my home in Malawi. This period of my life was underpinned by my very regular flights to and from school and my early acquaintance with the Vickers Viscount and Rolls Royce Dart turboprops.

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Arthur Stevens: flying in Africa in the 1960s 1

Posted by Charles Kennedy on

I have always had a fascination for aircraft and aviation. In fact this avgeekery stretches back to even before I can remember, providing an early reference point that has led to a lifelong hobby. 

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